|03-04-2014, 03:51 PM||#1|
Joined: Aug 2009
HID lights frying my LED lightslights
So for about a year, and a good 20 000 miles, I ran a set of cheapo ebay 55w HIDs in my 950adv (euro headlight). Also ran an LED spotlight on a totally independant fused circuit. All self installed. Simple stuff. No problems.
Recently, the low beam bulb died. Not surprised, lasted ages for a cheapy. So I upgraded both bulbs to a 'higher quality' 55w kit from DDM tuning.
Worked ok, mostly. Once or twice they randomly turned off, and if you left them on when you started the bike they turned off too. otherwise nice and bright.
But within a week, the LED spotlight died (fried driver board). Replaced it, new one died too.
Contacted the LED vendor. Super nice helpful bloke, advised me that HID kits can be dodgy and 'leak' super high AC into the DC bike electrics. Seemed unlikely... band new HID kit, fairly popular distributor. So I checked my headlight fuse - unbroken, but bubbled, warped and melted. Hm.
-Does anyone have any experiences with HID kits frying other bike electrics?
-How to I test to verify which one (hi or low) is doing it?
-How do I fix it?
|03-04-2014, 03:58 PM||#2|
Joined: Jun 2011
Location: Sunny Colorado
Not the first person to experience HID voltage spikes damaging LEDs.
I'd suggest start by reading the info in those threads. Covers about everything.
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|03-04-2014, 08:23 PM||#3|
Joined: Aug 2008
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
Sounds sort of like a really bad case of noise injection. Ferrite core on the leads to and from the HID ballast. Might not hurt to put them on the leads to and from the bulb.
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|03-04-2014, 08:51 PM||#4|
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: up-state SC
what you describe above is caused by "ohmic heating" :
The easy fix is to replace both the fuse and it's holder and this time install the new fuse with a hefty coating of dielectric grease on the fuse contacts.
As I read your description of problems with your HID cutting off my first thought was a bad connection somewhere as i experienced a nearly identical problem complete with melted fuse.
stretch160 screwed with this post 03-04-2014 at 10:32 PM
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